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Trending Now: Complex Claims Podiatric Physicians and Surgeons Face Today

January 14, 2021


Description: This presentation will review complex claims that podiatrists face during the care of patients. The healthcare industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation, with changes in the delivery of care and incentives tied directly to the quality of care and patient outcomes. It becomes clear that improving outcomes and reducing errors begins with awareness of current risks and implementing practices to mitigate these risks. We will review recent complex cases stemming from various types of situations, the treatment rendered, and steps taken to mitigate those risks.


  • Understanding and managing the risks of DVT
  • Understanding the role of procedure selection and documentation of the rational for the procedure selected
  • Understand why patient selection is so important
  • Review the role of communication in assisting mitigating risk
  • Review common characteristics of complex and recurrent malpractice cases

Presented by:


Christopher L. Reeves, DPM, FACFAS

Orlando Foot and Ankle Clinic

Dr. Reeves is a Surgeon at the Orlando Foot and Ankle Clinic a division of Upperline Health in Orlando, Florida. He specializes in Reconstructive Foot and Ankle surgery and Total Ankle Replacements. Dr. Reeves is the Immediate Past President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is a Director for Surgical Services for Upperline Health, Research Director at Advent Health Hospital System and Faculty of the Advent Health East Surgical Residency. Dr. Reeves received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Miami, FL. He did a three-year surgical residency in reconstructive foot, ankle, and lower leg surgery at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and advanced deformity correction training at the Rubin Institute of Advanced Orthopedics in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Reeves is a Diplomate with the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and he is board certified in both foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery.


Laura D. Eschleman

Nall & Miller, LLP

Laura D. Eschleman is a medical malpractice partner at Nall & Miller, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. She is licensed in Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri and has worked on malpractice cases in 29 different states. Of those cases that went to trial, she has tried and won multiple defense verdicts for podiatrists in several states. Additionally, she represents podiatrists in administrative actions in front of their state podiatric licensing boards and in audits conducted by Medicare, Medicaid, quality improvement organizations, and private health insurance companies.